Prime definition

prīm
A mark (') appended above and to the right of a character, especially:
  • One used to distinguish different values of the same variable in a mathematical expression.
  • One used to represent a unit of measurement, such as feet or minutes in latitude and longitude.
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To make ready; prepare.

Guard dogs primed for attack.

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First or early in time, order, or sequence.

The prime action of the drug.

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First in quality; of the highest excellence.

Prime beef.

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The first position of thrust and parry in fencing.
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First in time; original; primitive; primary.
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First in rank or authority; chief.

The prime minister.

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First in importance or value; principal; main.

A prime advantage.

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From which others are derived; fundamental; basic.
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To make ready; prepare.

A team primed for a game.

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To prepare (a gun) for firing or (a charge) for exploding by providing with priming or a primer.
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To undercoat, size, etc. (a surface) in preparation as for painting.
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To prime a person or thing.
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First in excellence, quality, or value.

This is a prime location for a bookstore.

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The prime rate.
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The definition of prime is someone or something first in time, importance, quality or rank.

An example of an adjective using prime is prime time, a television show on at 8pm.

An example of an adjective using prime is prime seating, front row center seats at a concert.

An example of an adjective using prime is prime aging, the best cut of beef.

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(mathematics) Of, relating to, or being a prime number.
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Highest in quality; excellent.

Prime real estate; prime cuts of beef.

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Being the most desired or suitable example of something.

A prime candidate for the study.

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The period of greatest physical and mental robustness.

Athletes in the prime of their lives.

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The period of best performance or peak activity.

This car is definitely past its prime.

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The second of the seven canonical hours. No longer in liturgical use.
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The time appointed for this service, the first hour of the day or 6 am .
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To prepare (a gun or mine) for firing by inserting a charge of gunpowder or a primer.
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To prepare for operation, as by pouring water into a pump or gasoline into a carburetor.
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To prepare (a surface) for painting by covering with size, primer, or an undercoat.
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To inform or instruct beforehand; coach.
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To become prepared for future action or operation.
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Of or being a prime number.
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Having no factor in common except 1

9 and 16 are prime to each other.

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A symbol () used.
  • To distinguish between different values of the same variable.
  • To distinguish a letter, number, or other character from another of the same kind, as A.
  • For certain units of measure, as feet or minutes of arc.
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(r.c.ch.) A part of the Divine Office orig. assigned to the first hour of daylight (in the Liturgy of the Hours, both Lauds and Prime have been replaced by Morning Prayer)
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The first hour of the daylight, conventionally taken to begin about 6 a.m.
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The earliest part of something; beginning.
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Springtime.
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The springtime of life; youth.
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The best, most vigorous, or most fully mature period or stage of a person or thing.

A soprano in her prime.

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The best part of anything.
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The best of several or many; pick; cream.
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To provide (a person) beforehand with information, answers, etc.
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To get (a pump) into operation by pouring in water until the suction is established.
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To get (a carburetor, etc.) into operation by adding extra fuel.
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To let a spray of water mix with the steam forced into the cylinder, as of a steam engine.
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First in importance, degree, or rank.

Our prime concern here is to keep the community safe.

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First in time, order, or sequence.

Both the English and French governments established prime meridians in their capitals.

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(mathematics, lay) Having exactly two integral factors: itself and unity (1 in the case of integers).

Thirteen is a prime number.

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(mathematics, technical) Such that if it divides a product, it divides one of the multiplicands.
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(mathematics) Having its complement closed under multiplication: said only of ideals.
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Marked or distinguished by the prime symbol.
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Early; blooming; being in the first stage.
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(Christianity, historical) One of the daily offices of prayer of the Western Church, associated with the early morning (typically 6 a.m.).
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(now rare) The earliest stage of something.
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The most active, thriving, or successful stage or period.
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The chief or best individual or part.
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(music) The first note or tone of a musical scale.
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(fencing) The first defensive position, with the sword hand held at head height, and the tip of the sword at head height.
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(algebra, number theory) A prime element of a mathematical structure, particularly a prime number.

3 is a prime.

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(card games) A four-card hand containing one card of each suit in the game of primero; the opposite of a flush in poker.
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(backgammon) Six consecutive blocks, which prevent the opponent's pieces from passing.

I'm threatening to build a prime here.

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The symbol "²
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An inch, as composed of twelve seconds in the duodecimal system.
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To prepare a mechanism for its main work.

You'll have to press this button twice to prime the fuel pump.

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To apply a coat of primer paint to.

I need to prime these handrails before we can apply the finish coat.

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(intransitive) To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.
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(intransitive, of a steam boiler) To work so that foaming occurs from too violent ebullition, which causes water to become mixed with, and be carried along with, the steam that is formed.
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To apply priming to (a musket or cannon); to apply a primer to (a metallic cartridge).
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To prepare; to make ready; to instruct beforehand; to coach.

To prime a witness.

The boys are primed for mischief.

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(mathematics) To mark with a prime mark.
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First or highest in rank or importance; main.

Our prime consideration is for the children's safety.

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(mathematics) A prime number.
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(informal) prime the pump
  • To encourage the growth or action of something.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
prime
Plural:
primes

Adjective

Base Form:
prime
Superlative:
primest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of prime

  • Middle English first in occurrence from Old French feminine of prin from Latin prīmus per1 in Indo-European roots Noun, sense 5, from Middle English from Old English prīm from Late Latin prīma (hōra) first (hour) from Latin feminine of prīmus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French prime, from Latin primus (“first"), from Old Latin pri (“before"), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“beyond, before").

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain; perhaps related to primage.

    From Wiktionary